Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

ENVS110W Introduction to Environmental Science
(4 Credits)
This is an introductory course in environmental science, involving an interdisciplinary study of how things in nature are interconnected. It will provide an integrated study of environmental problems, connections and solutions.

ENVS115W Soil and Water Resources
(4 Credits)
A course designed to introduce students to the study of our soil and water resources. Water resources topics include the current status of our water, threats to the resource, water treatment resources, and basic water flow calculations. Soils resources topics include the factors of soil genesis, physical properties of soils, and the role of nutrients in soil health, access to and use of NRCS soil data, and the field description of soils. (Prerequisite: Basic algebra and calculator skills required.)

ENVS116W Water Resources and Hydrology
(4 Credits)
Water is essential to life and many of the processes that occur on planet Earth. This course will take a detailed look at the concepts and principles of the occurrence, distribution, and circulation of water near the Earth’s surface. This course will also cover the basics of limnology, water as a critical resource, threats to the resource, water treatment resources, and basic water flow calculations. Lab will consist of field visits to both lotic and lentic systems as well as collection and analysis of rainfall and runoff data. (Prerequisites: BIOL111W, CHEM111W, ENVS110W)

ENVS118W Conservation Biology
(4 Credits)
Conservation biology takes an in-depth look at the causes and consequences of the loss of biodiversity.  The importance of biodiversity and loss of it will be examined from the genetic to the ecosystem level.  Endangered ecosystems and the eventual cause of extinctions will be examined in addition to the challenges for species management.  The roles of economic and social factors are also examined.  (Prerequisites:  BIOL111W, ENVS110W)

ENVS210W Environmental Project
(3 Credits)
Environmental Project is a student directed capstone course designed to utilize the knowledge and skills that the student has learned while completing the Environmental Science degree requirements.  A comprehensive project related to the student’s area of interest is designed and completed by the student in cooperation with faculty advisors.  (Prerequisite:  CHEM113W, ENVS110W, GIS112W, GIS213W; Co-requisite:  ENVS115W)

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